Obviously it hasn’t run through the legislative wringer yet, but the Local Jobs For America Act proposed by House Education and Labor Secretary George Miller looks like an exceedingly good piece of policy. It would provides through the community development block grant program $100 billion dollars to create local jobs through state and municipal budgets. Miller claims he could create or save a million jobs with that money.
|By: David Dayen Friday March 12, 2010 5:07 am|
|By: emptywheel Tuesday February 2, 2010 6:01 am|
Congress has not yet seen fit to give Americans health care. But there’s a new health care battle heating up right in the middle of the jobs bills that will be the next focus of Congress.
|By: David Dayen Friday January 29, 2010 3:45 pm|
In Baltimore this morning, President Obama announced his proposal for a job creation tax credit for small business, which would spend $33 billion dollars trying to encourage hiring in the small business sector, where a majority of all job creation originates. This is combined with the $30 billion proposal for community banks to lend to small businesses, adding up to a serious commitment to the small business sector.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 30, 2009 6:20 pm|
An energy retrofit program would be a boon to the economy, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and could reduce barriers to entry for millions of Americans who would otherwise not see upgrades in their homes or places of business. But it has to be done in concert with a process that ensures such retrofits are accessible and allowable without blockage at the local level.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 1, 2009 6:02 am|
Both jobs and the deficit are being dealt with in Congress through conservative frames, with policies like across-the-board, untargeted tax cuts for job creation, or “entitlement reform” commissions basically oriented to cutting social services programs for the deficit.
However, a wealth of policies that would seek to create perhaps millions of jobs, while responsibly paying for the investment and then some, are taking shape on Capitol Hill.